London Yoga Festival

Sunday September 23, 2018




tickets will be available at the door Sept 23


Sunday September 23rd, 2018

12:30am - 1:45am | $15 class

CHOOSE FROM Goddess Yoga | Classical Hatha (in silence) | Body Blessing | Energizing Vinyasa Flow |
Yoga for Pelvic Health | Mindfulness: Living Empowered

Goddess Yoga

“Why Goddess Yoga? The Goddess lives within each one of us. Working with the energy of the Goddess can help us to recognize Her within ourselves. She is the source of our transformation and power, our SHAKTI! Connecting with Her archetypes of warrior, lover, protector, creator and healer helps develop those aspects of ourselves. Explore mantra, stories and the energy of the Goddess through this gentle yoga class that respects and honours the goddess in each of us. 

Rachel McGarry is a Kirtan Artist and Yoga Teacher, CYA RYT-200 in London, Ontario. Her introduction to yoga began 20+ years ago and has been a significant steadying force in her life. She completed her Yoga Teacher Training, Restorative Yoga and Bhakti HeartFire Kirtan training with the Deva Tree School of Yoga. Rachel weaves the ancient, transformative Sanskrit mantras of Bhakti Yoga through her classes to honour and celebrate the Divine Feminine.” 

Rachel McGarry

Classical Hatha

(In Silence)

A classical hatha yoga class practiced in silence that emphasizes abdominal breathing, unwavering presence, and intense focus. Working strictly with your body as it is, there are no props... just you and your mat. This practice is suitable for everyone and will leave you feeling relaxed and recharged.

Since 2000, Chantelle Diachina E-RYT 200, RYT 500 has been practicing classical hatha yoga and began studying with with Sri Yogi Hari in 2006 and Swami Nityamutkananda in 2012– both are master yogis from the Sivananda lineage. In 2013, she founded Prana Yoga & Wellness, a corporate wellness company that brings yoga, meditation and mindfulness to various London workplaces.

Chantelle Diachina

2:00pm-3:15pm | $15 class

CHOOSE FROM  Breathe Into Motion Yoga System | Breathe with Yin | Empowered Vinyasa Flow | Meditation | Divine Feminine Flow | Hips Don’t Lie

The Breathe Into Motion Yoga System

Safe, effective yoga practice through the Breathe Into Motion Yoga System.

Mike Chapman is the owner of the Breathe Into Motion Yoga Studios. He has developed the Breathe Into Motion Yoga System, which has been recognized by medical professionals in the Waterloo Region of Ontario as effective support for injury rehabilitation.

He is a uniquely qualified fitness professional. Mike is a Certified Yoga Therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapists (C-IAYT), and an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance (E-RYT). He is also a Certified Personal Trainer with Distinction of Merit (CPTN-CPT.M), a Certified Yoga Specialist including Yoga for Athletes (CPTN-CYS), and a Certified Post Rehabilitation Conditioning Specialist (CPTN-CPRCS) with the Certified Professional Trainers Network.

Mike has presented multiple yoga programs at the Annual CPTN Conference and has facilitated CPTN-CYS certification programming. Mike is now the Director of the Breathe Into Motion Yoga School, which is Registered Yoga School with the Yoga Alliance (RYS). Mike has studied yoga with many masters including, David Williams, David Swenson, Danny Paradise, Angela Jamison, Eoin Finn, Nicki Doane, Eddie Modestini, Susi Hately and Yoga for Athletes specialist Caron Shepley.

He has had the honour of hosting multiple events at the Breathe Into Motion Yoga Studios six times with Danny Paradise, three times with Angela Jamison, three times with Eoin Finn, and twice with Caron Shepley. The wealth of experience Mike has accumulated over the 36 years that he has practiced has culminated in the Breathe Into Motion Yoga System. The Breathe Into Motion Yoga System workshop is being offered in London for the first time and Mike is honoured to be presenting some of the Breathe Into Motion Yoga System techniques with instructor Andrew Baerthel.

Mike Chapman

Breathe with Yin

Breathe with Yin: Do something for you! Wouldn't it be delicious to pause & reflect on all you have to be grateful for while practicing self-care alternating between Pranayama & Yin Yoga?
Give yourself the time to unwind, relax, breathe & rejuvenate.

Susan is a certified 500 hour yoga teacher through Kripalu Yoga Centre. She brings over 20 years of yoga experience to her classes. Susan leads small group classes in the Wortley Village community and works with private clients. She thrives on making yoga accessible and easy to understand for new comers. Her teaching style is described as welcoming, humorous and healing.

Susan Vande Sompel 

Empowered Vinyasa Flow

This is a class for those that wish to dig deep. If you feel you have lost a connection with yourself, your personal power or emotions, this is the class for you. It will challenge, change and help you explore your own body and emotions through a marriage of movement and breath (Vinyasa).

We will use the power of pranic flow (energy) to access parts of you that have been deeply buried, and help release what you are ready and able to. Unleash what is stuck, bring forth what is needed, and find the strength to let it go. Join me for an exploration of your physical body, flow, breath, movement and emotions through this empowering yoga class. See you on the mat!

Martina loves teaching powerful vinyasa classes, but also loves the other side of yoga, the quiet soft and restorative side. Her classes range from fun and flowing to deeply relaxing. Martina caters her class to her students, and she aims to open this beautiful practice up to anyone who is willing to show up.

Martina Biljan

3:30pm-4:45pm | $15 class

CHOOSE FROM Evolved Functional Yoga | Hips Don’t Lie | Yoga for Self Care | Sacred Sites of India: A Yogic Journey | Philosophy | Hatha | Pranayama/ Mantra

Evolved Functional Yoga

Raise the standard with progressive, evidence-based yoga. At Yoga One London, we believe that yoga should be inclusive. Add depth and nuance to your practice with a multi-layered progressive system of practice backed by research and exercise science. This learner-centered layered approach ensures students progress in a safe and sustainable manner. Discover the benefits of this methodology and take your practice to the next level.

Andrew Baerthel is the founder and director of Yoga One London. He is an experienced Breathe

Into Motion certified Yoga Instructor (E-RYT) with over 1200 accredited hours of training. He is also a Certified Yoga Specialist including Yoga for Athletes (CPTN-CYS), Certified Personal Trainer (NASM-CPT) and New Balance London Running Coach.

Andrew is the first and only Instructor in the London region certified in the Breathe Into Motion Yoga system, which has been recognized by medical professionals as an effective compliment for injury
rehabilitation. He currently offers this functional approach to yoga at physiotherapy clinics in the London region, including Physio Haus Health & Wellness.

Andrew Baerthel

Hips Don’t Lie

Your Hips Don't Lie - Almost every yoga student appreciates the yoga postures that involve working, stretching and strengthening anything to do with the hip area. This class will explore the functionality of the hips joint and the muscles that support the healthy use of yoga poses to maximize the stretching and strengthening while minimizing and even eliminating the pain and discomfort associated with sore hips.

Alina is a dedicated full-time Registered Yoga Teacher/Certified Yoga Therapist /Teacher Trainer with over 8,000 hours of teaching experience. Her formal education as an engineer combined with her extensive Yoga Therapy Training has placed her into an elite and emerging category known as a 'Human Body Engineer'. Her current endeavors include teaching yoga classes for GoodLife Fitness as well as her appointment as the Education Director for The Internal Peace Initiative Yoga Teacher Training.

Alina Calinescu

Yoga for Self Care

Our life requires precious energy and when demands become continuous or out-of-balance they can result in challenges to our physical & mental health - as well as - the health of all our relationships at home, work and on this planet. In this 75 minute Restorative Yoga practice you will be guided through slow and gentle floor–based stretches, simple therapeutic movement combined with helpful breathing techniques to release tension,

Soothe anxiety and generate more clear & positive mental states. This practice creates the time and space for much needed Self Care. Accessible for all Bodies - Regardless of flexibility, age, health or experience.

This practice only requires you to get up once from
the floor - at the end of class – so it’s perfect for those with injuries and chronic pain or different mobility.
Engaging & Enjoyable - Experienced and Insightful, Mary leads a healing class that is easy to follow and
can offer safe and effective modifications for individual participants needs. Great for Beginners!

Informative & Healing - A Heart and Eye opening opportunity to learn simple and effective postures to
release tight muscles and therapeutic movements for sore, tired and stiff joints while sitting or lying on
your mat! For this class you will need to

bring : 1 yoga mat &2 blankets

Specializing in Restorative Yoga, Mary has been teaching Yoga full time for 14 years. Her heart- entered energy is weaved into a mindfulness-style teaching that offers healthy and fulfilling self-care through Yoga, Therapeutic Movement and Mind/Body Therapies.Dedicated to cultivating unlimited consciousness in herself and others.

She is an experienced and certified teacher of Hatha & Restorative Yoga and offers Thai Yoga Massage, Trauma Informed Yoga, Prenatal Yoga and is a Medical Exercise Specialist. She weaves these modalities into her other offerings of: Reiki, Energetic

and Psycho-therapeutic practice that support healing and transformation out her home studio in Strathroy,

Mary Foran

9:00am-10:15am | $15 class

CHOOSE FROM Relaxing flow | Yoga for Plus Size Bodies | DDPY | Mantra | Ashtanga Vinyasa | Babaji's Kriya Yoga

Relaxing Flow

I love teaching a basic and relaxing flow class that integrates a lot of mindfulness cues and the space for students to do self exploration and learning about themselves. Even if it’s the way they cross their legs, or what side they usually bear weight on. I like to give food for thought - not to give advice or my opinions but to offer the opportunity to think intentionally.

I’m a person, mom (to two daughters), wife, clinical social worker/therapist, and yoga teacher. I love real people and authentic kindness. Oh, and Bryan Adams...gotta love Bryan.

Alisha Stubbs

Yoga for Every(Body)

If you have always wanted to try yoga but have worried about your body size, shape or abilities, this is the class for you! Jennifer’s classes help people find comfort and ease in their yoga practice as she offers options that make movements accessible. Suitable for those who are recovering from injuries, managing pain and for Yoga Teachers interested in increasing their confidence and competence in working with anyone that walks into their class

Jennifer Surerus is the owner and instructor at The Peaceful Path. She LOVES helping people to cultivate their confidence and curiosity! She has been teaching yoga since 2005 and has been certified with over 1000 hours of training through The Lotus Centre (over 200 hrs) and Esther Myers Yoga Studio (870 hours). Jennifer continues to learn and grow through the experiences of her students and through continued work with her teachers. She will always be a student at heart!

In addition to being a Certified Yoga Instructor, Jennifer is a Reiki Master Teacher, Certified Life Coach, Facilitator, Certified Aromatherapy Masseuse, Certified Birth Doula and DSW. She is so lucky and Grateful to be able to do what she loves everyday!

DDP Yoga is for everyone of every size and fitness level!! The main benefits are body fat loss, lean muscle growth, and improved cardiovascular performance, without placing undue stress on the joints. DDPY combines the very best of yoga, traditional fitness, sports therapy, and dynamic resistance to create one of the most effective fitness plans in existence today. It allows anyone to:

  • Get a kick-ass cardio workout

  • Increase flexibility

  • Strengthen core muscles

  • Experience almost no joint impact

  • Anyone can do it!

As the owner House of Fortune - Wellness Strengthened by DDPY, my mission is to inspire people to make personal changes that will lead them to a healthy lifestyle in mind, body and in spirit. Some will try to hold you back but I am here to push you forward.

Sarah Fortune

Dan Woodward


  • Exercises and Meditations

  • Understand the nature of your mind

  • Know about the concept of meditation and mindfulness

  • Make meditation and mindfulness practice a part of your daily life

In 2011, Dan completed a 500 hour yoga teacher training certification program and various meditation training workshops with Lorin Roche, Camille Maurine and Bhante Kovida, all authors and leading practitioners of meditation training.
Dan started meditating in 1991, and has taught meditation since 2007.

He has found meditation to be instrumental in his ability to connect to his true self, his true voice and the peace within. Life circumstances happen outside of ourselves but the direction, strength and ability to experience life happens from our connection to our inside – it is within each and every one of us.

Shankari Van Acker

Mantra Yoga

This class features all eight limbs of Yoga according to Ayurvedic principles, including not only asana and pranayama but deeper practices of mantra and meditation. It based on the principles of an Ayurvedic Yoga approach for the full healing of consciousness.

Shankari is founder and directors of AT THE CORE. For more than 15 years her life has been dedicated to the practice, study and teaching of Consciousness and the Vedic Sciences of Yoga, Meditation, Mantra, Ayurveda and Jyotish. 

Sophie Hawkins

Sacred Sites of India: A Yogic Journey

Sophie Hawkins has offered Thai Massage, Ayurvedic Massage, Yoga/Meditation and Ayurvedic Cooking Workshops in London since 2005. She has a Masters in Education and has 20 years experience in community mental health care, providing support to trauma survivors, psychiatric survivors and people living on the street.

Sophie has travelled India extensively and continues to study Hindu Philosophy.

The London Waldorf School
7 Beaufort St.  London ON

Vinyasa Flow

Yoga brings pure joy and peace to my life. I’ve always been a lover of movement, starting with my love
of dance at age six. When I began practicing yoga, I had no idea I would someday become a teacher, but
it turned out to be the perfect fit. Completing my Yoga Teacher Training in India allowed me to deepen
my appreciation for the practice. Teaching allows me to share this sense of peace and gratitude with my
students. I love teaching classes that inspire students to explore their personal practices and lead them
to discover new places.

Through linking the breath with movement as we flow through our practice, we challenge both our bodies and minds, allowing us to grow. I close each practice with a quote in hopes of inspiring my students to challenge their thinking and open their minds. Often setting an intention for practice both as a student and a teacher, I aim to live a healthy life in my mind, body, and soul, on and off my mat. A favourite quote of mine,

“Take in the essence of life as you would smell the fragrance of a flower, delicately and deeply, with sensitivity and appreciation” – B.K.S. Iyengar.

Emily Cordes

Babaji's Kriya Yoga

I'd like to repeat the class that I presented last year at the festival - Babaji's Kriya Yoga: To practice a ‘kriya’ means that we are cleansing for purification and for developing awareness. These kriyas are for the body, breath, mind, intellect, and spirit to study ourselves from the outside going inward for deep relaxation. We aim to achieve this through posture, breath-focus, mantra, meditation, and devotional practice. The challenge in this practice is in where one finds a place of being actively calm and calmly active, in the moment. Om Kriya Babaji Nama Aum

Premadasa dipped his toe into the vast ocean of yoga in 1998, beginning his journey to explore the roots of his cultural heritage. Through immersion into various lineages of hatha yoga, he developed a thirst to learn more about classical ashtanga yoga. His interest in the philosophy, practice, and spiritual devotion of ashtanga yoga brought him into contact with Yogananda’s Autobiography of a Yogi, a book of tremendous spiritual significance for the 20th century.

Premadasa Gangadeen

Energizing Vinyasa Flow

Vinyasa Flow is a dynamic form of yoga that increases prana in the body. In this class you will flow through sequences and experience yoga as a moving meditation. You will leave exhilarated and joyful!

I received my 200 hour training in Vinyasa Flow yoga at Fusionmovement Yoga Studio in Cambridge in 2013. I have also taken Restorative Teacher Training and children's yoga teacher training with Deva Tree in London Ontario. I've been teaching various styles of yoga for 5 years and love sharing the gift of yoga!

Sara Plomp

Lunar Flow

This is a creative form of movement combining yoga, free form dance and guided imagery.

No perfection of poses or technique here, the music helps bring focus on the joy of movement for movement’s sake. This is a safe space to experience the joy of movement without constraint or judgment.

Re-connect with your body in a way that honours that it is a temple for your soul and needs to be cared for.

Nicole Balogh is the Founder and Director of Serenity Now Yoga. She offers a mindful approach to yoga that is tailored to the specific needs of each individual no matter where they are physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

Nicole Balogh

Yoga for Pelvic Health

Yoga for Pelvic Health is a practice that brings focus to what is known as the Inner Unit consisting of the
pelvic floor, diaphragm, transversus abdominus and multifidus.

Yoga for Pelvic Health combines traditional yoga poses, functional movement and myofascial release to bring synergy to the Inner Unit which will facilitate breath, stability, balance, creating a strong foundation,
and managing symptoms of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

As a Yoga Instructor and Personal Trainer, I help pregnant and current moms of all ages. I specialize in
Pre & Postnatal, Pelvic Health and Core Rehab. I use strength, mobility and stillness as healing practices

Dominique Kamras


Living Empowered

Kelly Spencer shares with others, her ability to think mindfully and critically with an open heart and a side of humour through self-leadership and the belief in the magic that exists in the world and in each one of us.

Kelly is a certified yoga and meditation teacher, certified life coach and mindfulness specialist providing classes and guest speaker events for corporations, businesses, government agencies, grade schools and high schools. She is a published wellness author in Elephant Journal, Yogi Times and has a weekly wellness column, "Happy Healthy YOU". Her books "Destiny, Life & Self-Leadership: and your unlimited possibilities", along with her 28-day mindfulness journal and "On Her Plate" has been reviewed: "insights from this book have snuck into my every day life, creating big and positive change.” - Cynthia Toswill MSW, BSW

Join Kelly, for this 75 minute session to learn specific and impactful techniques for mindfulness in your life and your yoga practice that will create more peace, happiness and abundance!

Kelly Spencer

Meridian Flow

The energetics of yoga and acupuncture meridians. Learn about Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Acupuncture and meridians and how the practice of yoga can activate natural healing. We will explore and practice asana (posture), pranayama (breath) and meditation sequences for 15 major meridians. 

I'm a graduate of the Himalayan institute YTT and have operated 2 yoga studios based on "living yoga", not just "practicing asana". In addition to teaching yoga I'm a Registered Acupuncturist and developed and share yoga kriyas that include a focus on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), I call Meridian Flow Yoga. I get excited about my life and love sharing what I know and learned with my students and patients.

Noel Wright

Jen Pinter

Kundalini & the Divine Feminine

I would love to offer a traditional Kundalini Class to Explore the Divine Feminine within all of us. We will use breathwork, movement and stillness to open the chakras, enhance the glands and balance the nervous system. I will play the Symphonic Gong during the relaxation to vibrate and bring healing to every cell of your being. We will finish with a chanting meditation to connect with the Divine Feminine within all of us

Certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher for 5 years. Integrated Health Practitioner for 15+years, including RMT, CranioSacral Therapy and Jikiden Reiki. Wife and mom of 2 amazing children.

Maha Hammoud


I am in my fifties and have been teaching yoga for over 12 years. I also give Thai Yoga massages, having completed the intermediate level with Lotus Palm (6 courses). Over the years, I have taught many styles within Hatha yoga, including Iyengar, Kripalu, Sivananda, yin, restorative, meditation/visualizations, ball yoga, partner yoga, fascia release, some Pilates and more recently using resistance bands.

Diana Londono

Pranayama/ Mantra

Using mantra and Pranayama to balance the forces of the sun and the moon to bring about transformation. This practice won't be focus on the practice of asana, but in the understanding of Prana and mantra, working together as powerful forces that bring energy, vitality and wakefulness..

Diana embraces the ancient teachings of yoga and Ayurveda, as an oportunity to live a mindful and conscious life, while creating balance with our environment, nature, humanity and our body, mind and spirit. She offers a space where her intention is to inspire others to create awareness, to live a conscious live and to awake your Inner Teacher. Diana is a certify yoga instructor, yoga therapist and Ayurveda Life-Style Counsellor .


Jennifer Surerus